Nationals sign Kila Ka’aihue to a minor league deal

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MLB.com’s William Ladson reports that the Nationals have signed first baseman Kila Ka’aihue to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Ka’aihue, 30, has spent the last two seasons with the Hiroshima Carp in the Japan Central League. In 600 plate appearances, he hit .258./.358./.443 with 25 home runs and 85 RBI. Ka’aihue was taken in the 15th round of the 2002 draft by the Royals and remained in the organization through 2011 before moving on to the Athletics and Royals.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.